TT TALKING POINTS
Dom Roman – @DomRoman
There was always a chance that Boreham Wood…would turn us over on Tuesday night, that’s the nature of this league. Tough games are round every corner and any team can beat you on any day. The Wood are a very solid outfit, who are adept at battling out wins this season and whilst the Yellows tried to find a way through, it wasn’t to be. Losing to a good team just happens I guess, accept it and move on! That brings me onto GAME 11 – Bromley (a) Pre-Match Talking Points:
THE SEARCH FOR CONSISTENCY
In fairness to the lads, we had gone 3 unbeaten before the Boreham defeat, which was an improvement on what had gone before, but Gary Johnson desperately wants more consistency from his team. Why can’t we string together a winning run? Well there are good reasons: A) A number of new players bedding into the squad; B) Numerous young players needing time to mature; C) The squad is overall less talented than last year, and the table unfortunately doesn’t lie. GJ discussed the experience of the Boreham Wood squad, and I’m sure he’d like more of the NL proven quality they possess. Not that there’s a gulf in class between the two teams I’d say, just a difference in knowhow. The search for consistency will probably go on, but there has been moments when TUFC have looked like contenders this season – threading them together on a regular basis is the gaffer’s biggest challenge.
KEEPING IT ON THE DECK
Last Saturday the passing was kept mainly on the pitch, and Torquay’s top players proved way too good for their Wealdstone counterparts – something that helped pave the way for Dan Holman to have his best game of the season so far. But three days later against a more organised and aggressive Wood team, United’s passing went far too long, far too often. With the likes of Holman, CLE and Lolos around that’s a recipe for failure, especially with NL centre backs usually towering and gobbling up headers for breakfast. Without Danny Wright the team must be braver and keep trying to play their football. It won’t be easy, but with our current personnel we don’t have any option! Much depends on the likes of Asa Hall, Tom Lapslie and Armani Little dictating proceedings in midfield, starting with this weekend.
OPPOSITION ON FORM
With Bromley winning their last four games, it doesn’t feel like the best time to play them! Boss Andy Woodman has got them purring at the moment, and with striker Michael Cheek in fine goal-scoring form they’ll fancy putting Torquay to the sword. It’ll be another 3-5-2 versus 3-5-2(ish) at Hayes Lane (unless Gary decides to shuffle his pack) and although the odds are on a home win, there’s nothing that the Gulls have to majorly fear from the Ravens. One thing we could do with avoiding, is giving them a head start, as we did at Chesterfield and Boreham Wood. So scoring the first goal could be crucial (and cutting out defensive errors now you mention it). Not that I’m denying the ongoing power of ‘Gary Time’ but even the gaffer realises we can’t keep salvaging points at the end of games.
GETTING THE BEST OUT OF THE CURRENT SQUAD
We’ve heard for weeks that Gary Johnson has been eyeing up loan signings, but week after week none arrive. This has been frustrating as I think we all know where the squad could use strengthening, and two or three players could make all the difference. However, I think we have to accept that GJ and Downesy will have to get the best from the current squad (if I pre-empt a signing this weekend then please credit me!) for the time being. Two players who could swing games in our favour are Alex Addai and Jake Andrews. Whether we’ll see either this Saturday is anyone’s guess, but with Ali Omar coming on for Asa Hall at 2-0 down on Tuesday night, the need for better options is there for all to see. Apart from that, we could do with someone like Gabby Rogers making an impact. Scoring fabulous goals in pre-season is one thing, but doing it competitively is far harder.
236 supporters on an October Tuesday nighter at Boreham Wood, that’s an undeniably fantastic effort from the Yellow Army! We’ll travel in excellent numbers again tomorrow, you can count on it. We may be underdogs but I’m sure we’ll make more noise than the Bromley support, let’s just hope there’s celebrations come the final whistle. And last but not least, although the game is on BT Sports, check out Charlie Baker and John Cadigan on the TUFC Radio commentary tomorrow afternoon if you can. Plenty of good humour and banter is assured from these guys, whether we win, lose or draw!
COYY – Dom